This Winter Fruit Salad Recipe is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CPK Frozen and Balance Your Plate. The opinions and text are all mine.
Irresistibly delicious, fresh and vibrant Winter Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Poppy Seed Vinaigrette is simple to whip together but can’t stop eating delicious! It makes the perfect Thanksgiving or Christmas side!
Are you guys ready for Thanksgiving?! Do you need an easy, delicious meal amidst all the craziness?! The Fall and holiday season can be the busiest time of year and to be honest, I am so busy making and testing holiday recipes, that the last thing I want to do sometimes is to make dinner. Bustling days like this is when it’s super tempting to eat out or make other not-so-healthy food choices. In fact, Research shows that Americans only meet MyPlate recommendations for vegetables, fruit, proteins, dairy and grains SEVEN out of 365 days!
But what if it was easier and more convenient to eat healthier? Enter Balance Your Plate – Nestle’s educational program designed to help you put together delicious and nutritious meals by pairing frozen and prepared foods with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains – love that!
So instead of skimping on nutrition – I’ve partnered with CPK Frozen to show you how you can balance your plate with an elevated pizza night! CPK Frozen uses quality ingredients to create uniquely adventurous pizzas with their 3-fold promise of 1) no artificial flavors, 2) preservative-free crust and 3) 100% real cheese. When you combine one of their delectable pizzas, like Sicilian Crispy Thin Crust, with with my Winter Fruit Salad and Roasted Parmesan Broccoli, you can serve a delicious, easy and balanced meal in no time!
This Winter Fruit Salad is not only fresh, nutritious and vibrant, but an addicting way to gobble up fruit! It is so cravilicious and beautiful it also makes a stunning Thanksgiving side. This easy-to-make salad is a simple tossing of apples, pears, bananas, kiwis, pomegranate arils, dried cranberries and either fresh or canned mandarin oranges. Like all fruit salads, it is easy to make with just a little chopping and much of the prep can be done in advance like whisking up the vinaigrette, peeling your oranges, seeding the pomegranate and chopping the kiwis.
The salad makes enough to feed a family of fruit lovers or for a Thanksgiving side, but is also easy to scale down. You’ll want to divide the ingredients in half if you expect leftovers because it doesn’t keep well, particularly the bananas. When it comes to this Winter Fruit Salad, however, I don’t expect you’ll have leftovers. Not only is the medley of fruit stand-alone-wonderful, it gets delishified with a bright sweet and tangy Honey Lime Poppy Seed Vinaigrette. The Vinaigrette is a quick whisking of honey, lime juice, olive oil and poppy seeds – that’s it for a flavor enhancer you will be tossing on all your fruits!
Alongside this bright and vibrant, mouthwatering salad is our Roasted Parmesan Broccoli bursting with flavor and caramelized edges. Roasted Broccoli is one of my favorite sides because not only is it uber healthy but it is one of the quickest side dishes to prepare, goes with practically every meal and is all made in ONE PAN!
To make our easy side, we toss our broccoli in olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic and roast for 12 minutes, then we smother with Parmesan cheese and bake until the Parmesan is melted. At this point, you should have wonderfully caramelized crispy tops – oh how I love those crunchy florets! If you like crispier or more charred florets, feel free to broil for longer – you don’t want to skimp on the best part of the broccoli!
And that’s it for a balanced plate perfect for date night, family pizza and game night or when you just want an easy yet wonderfully delicious dinner night!
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Roasted Parmesan Broccoli
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4-6 servings
- 1 pound broccoli florets
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray
- Trim florets to a uniform size then add to prepared pan and drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic/garlic powder. Toss until evenly coated. Line in a single layer.
- Roast for 12-15 minutes OR until broccoli reaches desired crisp-tenderness.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan. Broil until Parmesan is melted, approximately 3-5 minutes. Continue to broil if desired for crispier or more charred florets. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste if desired.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nestle. The opinions and text are all mine.
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